Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2022. 12:07 pm CST.
Photo Credit: FIFA
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Croatia made a comeback to beat Canada 4-1 and eliminate them after falling behind early in front of 44,374 fans at the Khalifa International Stadium in Ar-Rayyan.
Canada took the early lead when Alphonso Davies headed the ball into the net between Dejan Lovren and Josip Juranovic off a pass from Tajon Buchanan in the second minute of play. The goal was Canada’s first ever at a World Cup in their fifth match. Scored after just one minute and eight seconds (1:08).
But the subchampions rallied back and drew level at the 36th on a goal by Andrej Kramaric off an assist from Ivan Perisic.
The Croatians kept the pressure on and nailed Canada for a second time in the 44th minute. Juranovic nutmegs Kamal Miller to serve Marko Livaja who sets the ball for himself to smack it past goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
Kramaric put the ball game away in the 71st with a low shot to the far corner after receiving another assist from Perisic for his second goal of the match.
The icing on the cake came in the 90’+4’ when Lovro Majer slammed the ball into the net on a full press by Croatia.
Earlier today Morocco stunned Belgium 2-0.
Croatia now have four points leading Group F along with Morocco ahead of Belgium who have 3 points. Canada, with two losses, have been eliminated.
Also today, Costa Rica stung Japan 1-0 in Group E
The final game today features Germany challenging Spain after being shocked by Japan in their first game. The Group E match kicks off at 1:00 pm at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
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